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Music, Mediation Theories and Actor-Network Theory

Born, G; Barry, A; (2018) Music, Mediation Theories and Actor-Network Theory. Contemporary Music Review , 37 (5-6) pp. 443-487. 10.1080/07494467.2018.1578107. Green open access

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In this double issue of the Contemporary Music Review we focus not on Adorno but on theories of music’s mediation that have emerged in the last two decades, offering some systematic reflection. The impetus for the issue came from the research programme ‘Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies’ (or MusDig). MusDig received funding from the European Research Council Advanced Grants scheme under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme, ERC grant no. 249598. The MusDig programme was directed by Georgina Born and ran from 2010–15 based at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford. MusDig consisted of a series of comparative ethnographic studies that each addressed, in different ways, how music is being transformed around the world by digitisation and digital media. Studies were located in Cuba, India, Kenya, Argentina, Canada and the UK, but the programme also encompassed ethnographies of music’s online consumption and circulation, of internet-mediated music genres, and of the software platform, Max. As the title announces, questions of music’s mediation were central to MusDig from its inception; a core theoretical ambition was, through the combined ethnographic, historical and conceptual work engaged in by the researchers, to further develop those mediation theories that have been emerging in recent years in relation to music. This issue is one of the main vehicles for attaining that goal. It interweaves research from the MusDig programme (articles by Christopher Haworth and Patrick Valiquet, and this introduction) with that of colleagues also working broadly with these ideas.

Type: Article
Title: Music, Mediation Theories and Actor-Network Theory
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/07494467.2018.1578107
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2018.1578107
Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073180
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